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     UNIS/BIO/679
    23 June 2003

    New Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea Presents Credentials

    VIENNA, 23 June (UN Information Service) -- The new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations (Vienna), H.E. Chang-beom Cho, presented his credentials today to Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV).

    Prior to his current assignment, he was appointed Deputy Minister for Policy Planning and International Organizations, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) in Seoul (January 2002). Mr. Cho has also held the following appointments: Ambassador to the Czech Republic (August 1999 - December 2001); Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, New York (August 1997 - July 1999); Director-General, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul (January 1996 - July 1997); Special Counsel, Office of Planning for LWR Project, Seoul (January 1995 - December 1995); Minister, Embassy of South Korea in Austria and Permanent Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna (May 1991 - December 1994);  Counsellor, Embassy of South Korea in Canada (October 1988 - April 1991); Director, East Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Seoul (August 1985 - September 1988); Counsellor, Embassy of South Korea and Alternate Governor, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, Vienna (July 1982 - July 1985).

    In the decade from August 1972, when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to July 1982, Mr. Cho held various diplomatic appointments, including that of Director, North Europe Division, European Affairs Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Seoul.

    In December 1995 Mr. Cho became the recipient of the Order of Service Merit (Yellow Stripes).

    Born on 29 March 1946, Mr. Cho graduated from the College of Law, Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, in February 1969. He also studied at the Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University and at the Graduate School of Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

    He is married and has two sons and one daughter.

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